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UK NewsFinn’s Law named after hero police dog comes into force

07:45  08 june  2019
07:45  08 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A new law named after a hero police dog from Hertfordshire could soon become a reality. The Animal Welfare Bill - also known as Finn ' s Law - passed its third reading in the Finn ' s Law closes a loophole which means service animals, including police dogs and horses, are treated as force property.

Its on its way Finns Law . After the devastating news of a further severe stabbing of a brave Police Dog , Friday 6th July saw Finn ’ s Law pass through the 2nd reading at Westminster unanimously. Sir Oliver Heald’s Bill now moves on to the Committee stage.

Finn’s Law named after hero police dog comes into force © Jonathan Brady Finn was brutally stabbed in the line of duty (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Police dogs and horses will have more protection from attacks when a new law named after a hero police dog comes into force.

The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill, nicknamed Finn’s Law after the loyal dog who was brutally stabbed while protecting his handler from a knife-wielding suspect, comes into force on Saturday.

The law removes a section of the current law of self-defence often used by those who harm a service animal while committing a crime.

Finn’s Law named after hero police dog comes into force © Provided by The Press Association Environment Secretary Michael Gove (right) meets hero police dog Finn his handler PC Dave Wardell (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Finn’s handler Pc Dave Wardell, from Hertfordshire, said the dog – now retired – saved his life when a robbery suspect they were pursuing turned on them with a knife in 2016.

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A wounded police dog that inspired proposed laws to protect service dogs and horses watched in the House of Commons as MPs backed the legislation. Finn ' s Law - named after a dog who was stabbed on duty - aims to prevent attackers claiming self-defence. The German shepherd and his

The high price paid by police dog Finn and his handler after a teenager turned his knife on them. It became known as Finn ' s Law and culminated in a Parliamentary debate leading to a revision in the On his first shift, Finn tracked a suspect and an arrest was made. "Everything just slotted into place

Finn was stabbed in the chest and head but did not let go until reinforcements arrived, and was initially thought unlikely to survive.

While the suspect was charged with ABH in relation to wounds to Pc Wardell’s hand, he faced only criminal damage charges over the injuries to Finn.

Finn’s Law named after hero police dog comes into force © Provided by The Press Association Dave Wardell with Finn and his PDSA gold medal (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Pc Wardell said: “The last two and a half years have been quite a journey of discovery for Finn and me.

“We decided that we just had to bring change to make sure our amazing service animals, including police dogs and horses, had protection in law.

“We wanted to bring as much positive from that one negative as we could.”

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Image caption Guide dog puppy Finn (l) was born in the West Midlands and has been named after now-retired police dog Finn (r). A guide dog puppy has a lot to live up to after being named in honour of a police dog almost killed while protecting his handler.

Brave dog Finn needed 30 stitches after the attack. And when back-up arrived and the critically Now campaigners hope that Finn ’ s Law , named in his honour, will soon be passed to impose more Heroic police dog pictured during training with the force . The pair underwent 13 weeks intensive

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs said the new legislation, coupled with the government’s plans to increase maximum sentences for animal cruelty offences to five years in prison, will make sure those who harm service animals are punished accordingly.

Mr Gove congratulated campaigners, including Conservative MP Sir Oliver Heald who tabled the Bill, who helped to make Finn’s Law a reality.

He added: “This law is about giving our service animals the protection they deserve as they dedicate their lives to keeping us safe.

“I am committed to making the UK the best place in the world for the care and protection of animals.”

According to the group which led the campaign for Finn’s Law, more than 100 other service animals have been injured since 2012, Defra said.

These includes injuries such as being beaten with an iron bar, kicked or hit by a car, it added.

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